Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tip Time - CC Cycle 2 Week 8

Well my son is in love with the tin whistle.  He has written many of his own "songs" so far.  He hasn't figured out how to sing and play at the same time which seems frustrating for him.  Dad is not such a big fan.  In keeping with the tin whistle theme if you are interested in learning to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" in Latin here are the words:

Mica, Mica, parva stella;
Miror quaenam sis tam bella.
Splendens eminus in illo,
Alba velut gemma caelo.

Mica, Mica, parva stella;
Miror quaenam sis tam bella.


We actually started learning it because we are learning this song for violin.  This week the 4yo sang it for our violin teacher and I think she thought he was precious.

History Timeline

     Much of the history timeline for this period focuses on different parts of the early church.  If you are interested in some stories about this time here are some google books that you might want to view:

Saints and Heroes to the End of the Middle Ages by George Hodges -  We have read the first half of this book.  It is good but might be too long for younger students.  If you aren't familiar with the details this might be good for you to read and summarize for the younger folks.  Hodges has also written about saints since the middle ages and a more detailed history of the early church.

If you are not part of a liturgical church you may not be as familiar with the Nicene Creed which came out of a council that Emperor Constantine called in 325.  Here it is for you:

Traditional Wording

I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost
of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried;
and the third day he rose again
according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory,
to judge both the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
who proceedeth from the Father [and the Son];
who with the Father and the Son together
is worshipped and glorified;
who spake by the Prophets.
And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. AMEN.

The history of a creed like this is always interesting. It has served as a statement of the basics of the Christian faith since its composition  This is one that we will eventually memorize at our house.  

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